Sunday, June 19, 2022

Murder is No Picnic - A Review & Giveaway


The Third Cape Cod Foodie Mystery 
A birthday celebration at famed restaurant Clara's Place leads Cape Cod Foodie Samantha Barnes to, not only gustatory delights, but an introduction to famed chef Clara Foster. Awe leads to delight when the retired culinary icon invites Sam and Jenny to her home to film an episode of the Cape Cod Foodie. After a delightful day making the best blueberry buckle ever Sam is stunned to learn that a fire broke out during the night killing Clara. Was it a tragic accident? Or something more sinister?

Self deprecating Samantha Barnes is coming into her own in the third Cape Cod Foodie Mystery. While she still has doubts and some uncertainties, she's becoming aware of who she is and where she belongs. Surrounded by friends she's learning what's important in life. I love Diogi and Ciati, but two other characters really shone for me, Vivvie Peters and Abraham Beame. I'd love to call both of them friends and I hope we get to see more of Abraham in future books. 

Delectable descriptions of food as well as cooking tips pepper the pages. Although I'm not a fan of seafood, I still find my stomach grumbling as I read. And I really want to find some huckleberries!

There are lots of laughs in MURDER IS NO PICNIC, but there are also heartfelt moments and worrying ones as well. A terrifying escape and rescue had me clutching the book reading well after the bubbles were gone and the water turned cold! Love, bravery, and skill triumphed and I was able to emerge from my bathtub with a sigh of relief.

Friendship, food, and fun make MURDER IS NO PICNIC an outstanding mystery guaranteed to keep you enthralled.


 Murder Is No Picnic (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery) by Amy Pershing

About Murder is No Picnic 

Murder Is No Picnic (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Setting – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Publisher: ‎ Berkley (June 7, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 336 pages

The Fourth of July is coming, and for professional food lover Samantha Barnes, it’s all about the picnic. Okay, and the fireworks. And the parade. But mostly the picnic. What could be better than a DIY clambake followed by the best blueberry buckle in the world? Sam has finally found the perfect recipe in the kitchen of Clara Foster, famed cookbook author and retired restaurateur, and she’s thrilled when Clara agrees to a buckle baking lesson.

But when Clara dies in a house fire blamed on carelessness in the kitchen, Sam doesn’t believe it. Unfortunately, her doubts set in motion an investigation pointing to the new owner of Clara’s legendary restaurant—and a cousin of Sam’s harbormaster boyfriend. So, in between researching the Cape’s best lobster rolls and planning her clambake, Sam needs to find Clara's killer before the fireworks really start....

About Amy Pershing

Amy Pershing, who spent every summer of her childhood on Cape Cod, was an editor, a restaurant reviewer and a journalist before leading employee communications at a global bank. A few years ago she waved goodbye to Wall Street to write full time. Murder Is No Picnic is the third of the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries featuring Samantha Barnes, a disgraced but resilient ex-chef who retreats home to Cape Cod where she finds herself juggling a new job as the local paper’s “Cape Cod Foodie,” a complicated love life, a posse of just-slightly-odd friends, a falling-down house, a ginormous dog and a propensity for falling over dead bodies. Elizabeth Gilbert called the first book in the series, A Side of Murder, “the freshest, funniest mystery I have ever read,” and Kirkus Reviews gave the second book, An Eggnog to Die For, a starred review, saying, “A delightful sleuth, a complex mystery, and lovingly described cuisine: a winner for both foodies and mystery mavens.”

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  1. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  2. Sounds like a great mystery.

  3. Thanks, Kathy, for this thoughtful review and your kind words!